Cesc Fabregas eased his weekend troubles by returning to his hometown of Barcelona to hang out with best friend Lionel Messi.
The Spanish playmaker had a rare off day for Chelsea on Saturday, failing to help his side past Burnley at Stamford Bridge. The Blues drew 1-1 against the Premier League's relegation candidates and had their lead at the top cut to five points.
While Jose Mourinho made an impromptu appearance of Goals on Sunday to defend his team, Fabregas headed back for a much-needed break from the limelight. He returned to the place he grew up and hung out with a man he grew up with in Messi.
Links to Stamford Bridge
The pair were seen enjoying themselves out on the town together, causing a stir with both Barcelona and Chelsea fans in the process. It will only add to speculation that Fabregas is trying to coax the Argentinian to west London.
Messi has long been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp with a strained relationship between Luis Enrique believed to be the problem. They seemed to have resolved those issues for now, but a 1-0 loss to Malaga at the weekend brought cracks to the surface once again.
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There were reports late last year that Messi wanted to join Fabregas at Chelsea. Those reports captured the public's imagination and eventually led to Fabregas being asked himself.
He told the Spanish radio programme Al Primer Toque on Onda Cero last month: "I'm upset they say that I could be mediating for Messi to come to Chelsea. How can I be talking about contracts? I'm only a footballer.
"Messi is happy at Barca and they are happy with him."
It's not possible
While Fabregas would certainly love to see his best friend swap the Nou Camp for Stamford Bridge, the finances involved in such a deal would be impossible for Chelsea under financial fair play.
Barcelona would demand a world-record fee of around £200million while Messi's wage demands were reported to be around £300million over six-years.
Chelsea are already struggling to keep themselves on the right side of Uefa. They were forced to sell Andre Schurrle in the January transfer window and loan out Mohamed Salah to bring Juan Cuadrado in.
It was a similar story in the summer with Romelu Lukaku and David Luiz leaving. Luckily, Jose Mourinho's decisions in the transfer market have been superb, but a move for Messi would require the sale of several first team stars.
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